Police Officer Rufus Shelley Kendrick

Police Officer Rufus Shelley Kendrick

Bessemer Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Tuesday, July 10, 1945

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Rufus Shelley Kendrick

Police Officer Rufus Shelley Kendrick was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a man for assaulting a woman.

Officer Kendrick was off duty when he saw the suspect standing in an alley. He parked his car, leaving his 5-year-old son inside, and walked into the alley to arrest the suspect. A few moments later, the suspect shot Officer Kendrick several times.

The suspect, 22, was adjudged insane and committed at the state mental hospital.

Officer Kendrick had served with the Bessemer Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed to mental hopital

off duty, warrant service

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 10, 2020

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